Experiences

OTRONICON brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the videogame and simulation industries. Families and individuals of all ages will have a tremendous range of places and opportunities to explore.

 

For Families

Who said video games are just for kids? Live out your childhood dreams behind the wheel of a racing car or in the cockpit of a fighter jet in one of our state of the art simulators. Or play and interact with the best in gaming and digital technology. There is something for everyone to enjoy including virtual reality, interactive surface tables, next-generation consoles and even classic arcade machines!

 

For Gamers

Are you good? Really good? Good enough to face off on some of your favorite games in person? At Otronicon, you can test your skills on more than 100 gaming stations in a variety of competition formats.

 

For Educators

Otronicon offers interactive worshops uniquely designed for middle and high school students to explore the world of gaming technology. Students can work with industry-based tools for simulation and game design.

 

FIRST is a not-for-profit public organization for youth that uses robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests. It is a character-driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.

FIRST is impacting students and volunteers everywhere from the U.S. to China and even the Netherlands! In fact, more than 300,000 students will take part in FIRST events and have the opportunity to win more than $16 million in scholarships.

Students compete in one of two contests: the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. Competitors will raise funds, design a team brand, and build and program a robot using materials supplied to them by FIRST that will go head-to-head with other teams.

Be sure to meet these students, interact with their robots and learn how you can get involved in FIRST at Otronicon.

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If you thought "Call of Duty" was lifelike, wait until you engage with Program Manager Training Systems' "Deployable Virtual Training Environment"!

DVTE, for short, is a laptop-based training simulation used by United States Marine Corps. That's right — this is what our soldiers are using to train! This particular simulation utilizes Virtual Battlespace 3, and users can control a tactically based first-person shooter that includes use of Marine Corps weapons and vehicles.

If that's not enough, actual Marines will be on-hand to assist attendees and even go head-to-head with you. Your console games have nothing on this experience!

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Team Orlando, a local advocate for STEM learning, presents a selection of games from the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge.

SGS&C celebrates video games as a platform for instructional media and is held at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando every year. The challenge is divided into three categories (business, government and student) and awards the best games that address a measurable learning opportunity.

At Otronicon, guests can play six of the top games determined at the conference. Beyond just playing the game, staff and developers will be available to explain what went into making it.

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Most people would say transforming your car into an interactive driving simulator is a bit extreme. Thankfully for Otronimaniacs, Ron Handy of PHENIX Design Group is not like most people.

A perennial favorite, Ron's company returns for its 10th Otronicon, which means he's been a part of Otronicon since the very beginning! Every year, Ron has driven his own Scion xB into the building and swapped out the front seat for a motion simulator chair. The result is a driving simulation like no other, in which you race among simulated competitors in a six-minute experience.

But that's not all. Ron also showcases his Google Earth exhibit that utilizes a Liquid Galaxy three-screen display and six-axis navigator control, immersing you anywhere in the world. Then there’s the HotSeat Flight Simulator, allowing guests to experience the thrill of flying a high performance aircraft.

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Less than three miles away from Orlando Science Center is the Orlando Public Library and its multi-million dollar Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center. For the creator in all of us, this place has it all: video and audio production; photography; fabrication and simulation labs; an interactive media wall; and a conference room.

At Otronicon, the Melrose Center will present many of these offerings in the form of a photo booth, video green screen, audio production bay, simulators and a 3D printer. Simply bring your imagination and they'll show you how to make it come to life!

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Orlando Science Center • 777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • Email: gservices@osc.org
The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.